Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bonding Time!!



     Last week I had the opportunity to get my nephew, Cash, out for his first kayak fishing trip and we had the opportunity to do a little filming as well. For two days leading up to our trip Cash talked non stop about wanting to start a YouTube channel for his little video games tutorials and random adventures that your average nine year old goes through. For some strange reason he been obsessed with state parks, so I figured we could knock a couple off his list. 
     I took Cash to Martin Creek State Park in between Longview and Tatum TX. He really wanted to get out on my kayak and paddle around, fish, and eat lunch on the big island in the middle of the lake. He's been so obsessed with creating his own YouTube channel and getting a GoPro that I had to take mine and do some filming with him and show him a little of how I do things for my videos. 
    Below is our video and I hope Cash likes it as much as I liked making it. Thank you for spending the day with me little buddy and I cant wait to see what great videos you have in store for the world to see. Dream big nephew!



Friday, July 15, 2016

Wilderness Systems iCast Feature Kayaks




   
     Industry leading design teams from Confluence Outdoors have struck gold again in 2016. Wilderness Systems debuted three new kayaks at iCast this year and one from Perception Kayaks. There have been rumors swirling and hype spread about the little brother to last years big reveal, the ATAK 120. Wildy has also been in the rumor mill for quite a while about a possible pedal drive kayak, and now they have delivered big time on that. I am going to break down each new boat for you below. Feel free to comment with any questions you may have.








First up is the ATAK 120. This kayak has been the most requested boat that I've heard since the original ATAK 140 came out. I have not personally had an opportunity to paddle this kayak since the very first prototype, however even that was a sweet ride. Excellent maneuverability, stability, and tracking without the cumbersome size of the 140. The price of the ATAK 120 will be $1,649.



SPECIFICATIONS
Boat
Length
Width
Weight
Deck Height
Capacity
A.T.A.K. 120
12'3" / 371 cm
35" / 88 cm
70 lbs / 32 kg
16" / 41 cm
400 lbs / 181 kg





The Radar has arrived! Wilderness Systems finally has a pedal powered kayak. All eyes have been on Wildy since Hobie first introduced their Mirage Drive. I believe that Wilderness waited until other pedal drives were on the market long enough to know what modern kayak anglers prefer and can live without in other pedal drives. Unlike the ATAK, this kayak will feature a 115 and a 135 model in its first run. Base price on the 115 will be $1,349, and the base price on the 135 will be $1,499. Helix PD pedal drive will be priced at $1,100, and the Helix Motor Drive will run $1,999. I haven't pedaled or paddled this kayak yet. I can say however that the 115 model WILL be my next boat.
SPECIFICATIONS
Boat
Length
Width
Weight
Deck Height
Capacity
Radar 115
11'8" / 356 cm
34.5" / 88 cm
82 lbs / 37 kg
15" / 38 cm
450 lbs / 204 kg

SPECIFICATIONS
Boat
Length
Width
Weight
Deck Height
Capacity
Radar 135
13'6" / 412 cm
34" / 86 cm
95 lbs / 43 kg
15.5" / 39 cm
475 lbs / 215 kg






The Helix PD is the official name of the new pedal drive system. This system is definitely unique compared to other drives on the market. 





Even though this is not a Wilderness Systems kayak, it is produced by Confluence Outdoor, which is the parent company of Wilderness Systems. Think of Perception as Wildy's smaller cousin. This offering however is huge from Perception. The first ever pedal driven kayak with  price tag of under 2k. This is going to be right in the wheelhouse both in price point, and features. Price on the Pilot will be $1,799. Look for the Pescador Pilot to make big waves soon.